Welcome to the 2018 Christian Humanist Radio Network Halloween Crossover! This year each of the shows in the network are examining a different film from the legendary Alfred Hitchcock. Josh Altmanshofer (of Before They Were Live) and Carter Stepper join Danny Anderson to discuss the classic film Shadow of a Doubt. The film features Joseph Cotton as a serial killer named Uncle Charlie who preys on rich widows. Uncle Charlie visits his disturbingly well-adjusted suburban family in California where his niece (and philosophical double), also named Charlie, discovers her uncle’s dark nature. Listen to a discussion about this movie’s take on nihilism, feminism, and law and order. And as with any Hitchcock film, mothers are a disturbing symbol as well, of course. Nietzsche, Batman, Thornton Wilder, Jesus, economics, phallic symbols, trains, cops, serial killers, and mothers all work their way into this fun and engaging discussion of one of Hitchcock’s most entertaining and fascinating films.
Today we’re going to be exploring, maybe reminiscing a bit, the long gone days of yore when if you wanted to watch a movie at home that wasn’t on television, you had to drive your lazy butt over to a video store and scope out your options. Blockbuster is of course the big symbol for this era, but there were tons of local places to go as well. Joining the show today is Seth Lancaster, who is a regular listener of the show and who sent me an email at email@example.com with a link to an article by Kate Hagen called “In Search of the Last Great Video Store.”
Some of what we’ll be doing today is romancing that era, but is there a lesson to be learned beyond the commerce of movie consumption? Has the American Church undergone its own for of Netflixization? What can the bygone days of video stores teach us about community, liturgy, and tradition?
“In Search of the Last Great Video Store” by Kate Hagan
“Stop Trying to Make Church Cool” by Rachel Held Evans
Jesus, Bread, and Chocolate by John J. Thompson
Immeasurable by Skye Jethani
Seth Lancaster’s “Wine and Vinegar” blog
The Ritual on Netflix